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Customs and Border Protection Crew Intercepts Submerged Smuggling Vessel Filled With Cocaine

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posted on Aug, 22 2007 @ 06:21 PM
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Customs and Border Protection Crew Intercepts Submerged Smuggling Vessel Filled With Cocaine


www.foxnews.com

A Florida-based Customs and Border Protection aircraft recently intercepted a semi-submerged smuggling vessel filled with five metric tons of coc aine.

The Air and Marine crew tracked the self-propelled vessel carrying $352 million worth of coc aine and coordinated a plan with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard to intercept the vessel. Four suspected smugglers were taken into custody.
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posted on Aug, 22 2007 @ 06:21 PM
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An interesting development in the ongoing "war on drugs." Though it doest't appear to be a sophisticated craft, it is a new level of sophistication for smugglers. One would think that this wasn't a maiden voyage, or a prototype with $352 million in coke on board.



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posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 01:35 AM
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The "War on Drugs" in itself is a joke. The CIA and US Government are quite likely the biggest dealers of illegal drugs in this country. Not to mention their blatant support of the "LEGAL" drug dealers in this country.

Day by day, snort by snort, shot by shot, pill by pill...they make us more and more apathetic and dependent upon them.


Jasn



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 01:46 AM
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Well, if they had ever wanted a true war on drugs, the government would have secured our national borders in the early 1980s... However, our national borders ramined and still remain relatively open.

Without a real attempt to secure our naational borders, are war on drugs and terrorism are both just attempts at spitting in the wind.



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 03:06 AM
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You make it sound so easy to secure a border but I'd bet you've never had any experience at it, have you?



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 10:56 AM
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YOU WANT TO SECURE ARE BORDER EASY. put up a mine field post it as a mine field in spanish english arabic and chinese. spread out around field
dead animal bones that are broken up. they will get the idea.



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 11:11 AM
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Well...

I just thought it was interesting that a "submarine" was used for smuggling.




posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 11:41 AM
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Reminds me a bit of when scuba divers were caught towing a large submerged stash of drugs up the Thames into London. Apparently it was a regular route at the time.

Had a quick look for a link, but nothing yet



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 11:43 AM
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Definately is a new level of inventiveness for smuggling. I guess using airliners has become relatively fruitless, unless of course your the owner of "Cocaine One" But even that plane got busted.

As for the minefield idea, isnt there a ban on anti-personell landmines?

Edit to add:
No i sure dont see the US on that list. I guess his/her idea is logistically feasible. Of course, that doesnt make it a good idea.

[edit on 23-8-2007 by InSpiteOf]



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 11:59 AM
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Originally posted by InSpiteOf
As for the minefield idea, isnt there a ban on anti-personell landmines?




1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (1997 Mine Ban Treaty). (as of 02 Aug 07 156 signatories)
1. Afghanistan 11 Sep 02 (a)
2. Albania 8 Sep 98; 29 Feb 00
3. Algeria 3 Dec 97; 9 Oct 01
4. Andorra 3 Dec 97; 29 Jun 98
5. Angola 4 Dec 97; 5 Jul 02
6. Antigua and Barbuda 3 Dec 97; 3 May 99
7. Argentina 4 Dec 97; 14 Sep 99
8. Australia 3 Dec 97; 14 Jan 99
9. Austria 3 Dec 97; 29 Jun 98
10. Bahamas 3 Dec 97; 31 Jul 98

www.icbl.org...


Didn't see the USA there did you


source: icbl.org

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[edit on 23/8/2007 by Mirthful Me]



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 02:55 PM
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Originally posted by proteus33
YOU WANT TO SECURE ARE BORDER EASY. put up a mine field post it as a mine field in spanish english arabic and chinese. spread out around field
dead animal bones that are broken up. they will get the idea.


And how do you secure the sea?

How much does enough landmines to cover three borders (2x US/Canada and 1x US/Mexico) cost?

BTW, you need to remember you still need to keep trade running smoothly. Do you have the manpower to search every single car and person coming through the proper border controls while still facilitating the flow of trade?



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 03:03 PM
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I would sure appreciate it...

If we could get back on the topic of the "drug sub."

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The land mine issue is a good one, and would make an excellent AP thread.

Someone is more than welcome to start a thread there.



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 03:04 PM
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Originally posted by DeltaNine
You make it sound so easy to secure a border but I'd bet you've never had any experience at it, have you?



It would be relatively simple if we'd quit placing our troops all over the freaking world and place them on our borders and ports. It wouldn't completely eliminate the problem, but you can bet you ass, or anyone elses, that it would alleviate much of the problem. You have a good day now.


[edit on 23-8-2007 by SpeakerofTruth]



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 03:09 PM
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No it wouldn't because you guys can't use your troops for civilian law enforcement purposes.

A bit more on topic. I wouldn't call that a submarine, as such. I'd call it a semi submergable boat, but considering it doesn't dive...



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 03:14 PM
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Originally posted by DeltaNine
No it wouldn't because you guys can't use your troops for civilian law enforcement purposes.



Really?
Tell the Branch Davidians that.



[edit on 23-8-2007 by SpeakerofTruth]



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 03:23 PM
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Last time...

Post on topic... Or not at all.



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 03:38 PM
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Originally posted by Mirthful Me
One would think that this wasn't a maiden voyage, or a prototype with $352 million in coke on board.


I agree, as to it most likely not being a maiden voyage. While they can and will make more tomorrow, it simply doesn't make sense to have done so without a test run on the craft.

This story brings to mind the tunnels they found out in Cali a few months back that came up inside a warehouse ... outta sight, outta mind. Now we have them using a similar approach via sea. Under da sea, that is.

I guess with the increased focus on the border and additional aerial surveillance, they were left with no other choice than to explore new methods of getting their product to market. Sad, that, but I guess where there's a will (and a demand) there will always be someone who finds the way.

Should we expect a remake of the an old classic?

2000 Kilos Under The Sea

:shk:



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 04:25 PM
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I had to think hard about posting this bearing in mind the amount of grief we "Brits" appear to get for commenting on American events however, wtf.......

I am also aware that this may be quite controversial but maybe, just maybe it's time we, (the UK as well), completely reviewed our drug policy.

1. Prohibition just isn't working. Drug use is certainly increasing here in the UK. Current policies have failed.
2. If it wasn't illegal we wouldn't have to spend so much on detection etc and could then spend the money saved on educating on the dangers of drug abuse.

Criminals will always devise inventive ways to import illegal drugs as long as so much money is there to be made.
Exactly the same as The Mafia etc did with alcohol during prohibition.
Take the crime away and the opportunity to exploit, implement stringent controls and conduct massive education and awareness programmes on abuse and we take away the profit from the criminals.
(It may just go to another set of more organised criminals but that's for another thread)

I don't know, maybe, just maybe it may improve things but surely it's worth discussing.



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 08:12 PM
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Is number one the result of your conclusive analysis complete with data and non-bias commentry, or have you just decided that was the view you wanted to put out?



posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 08:27 PM
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Originally posted by Freeborn
1. Prohibition just isn't working. Drug use is certainly increasing here in the UK. Current policies have failed.



Originally posted by DeltaNine
Is number one the result of your conclusive analysis complete with data and non-bias commentry, or have you just decided that was the view you wanted to put out?


Even though I can certainly appreciate the query, why not repond with "conclusive analysis complete with data" which refutes such? That is, of course, if it exists.

...............................................

Now, back to the Actual topic of discussion ...

Drug Smuggling, and the means and manners by which it's accomplished.

Tunnels, vehicles, runners, aircraft, boats, etc ... and NOW submersible craft?

Ingenious efforts often play out on Both sides of a given coin. (?)


As with most anything,

Necessity is and will always remain the Mother of Invention.


? thoughts ?



 



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